About Nebulization

Good Nebulisation Practice

Nebulisation is a common and alternative method [other methods include inhalers, oral therapy such as tablets,& intravenous therapy] of delivering medication to the lungs. It is largely used in clinical settings for the treatment of acute respiratory ailments as well as for the long-term treatment of obstructive airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.

A nebulizer converts liquid medicine [either a solution or suspension] into vapour, aerosol or a mist so that it can be inhaled by the patient and effectively delivered directly into the lungs. The main purpose of nebulisation is to allow the medication to reach the lungs quickly and effortlessly, with very little need for coordination by the patient, a common challenge seen with handheld inhalers. Hence, it is the preferred mode of medication delivery for children, elderly, and patients who cannot effectively use handheld inhalers for various reasons.

Despite its wide acceptance and application, nebulisation therapy also attracts criticism. Often, the reasons for this are lack of knowledge, and misinformation about the use of nebulisers. With the aim of spreading knowledge and promoting the correct use of nebulisation therapy, Cipla has started a public initiative called Good Nebulisation Practice or, simply, GNP.

 

 

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